1 Now Sarai,A Abram’sB wife,C boreD him no children.
She had an EgyptianE slave-girlF whose nameG was Hagar,H
2 and Sarai said to Abram, “You seeI, J that the LordK has preventedL me from bearing children;
go inM, N to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain childrenO by her.” And Abram listenedP to the voiceQ of Sarai.
3 So, after Abram had livedR ten years in the landS of Canaan,T Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husbandU Abram as a wife.
4 He went in to Hagar, and she conceived;V and when she sawW that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.X
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrongY done to me be on you! I gave my slave-girl to your embrace,Z and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judgeAA between you and me!”
6 But Abram said to Sarai, “BBYour slave-girl is in your power;CC doDD to her as you please.”EE
Then Sarai dealt harshlyFF with her, and she ran awayGG from her.HH
7 The angelII of the Lord foundJJ her by a springKK of waterLL in the wilderness,MM the spring on the wayNN to Shur.OO
8 And he said, “Hagar, slave-girl of Sarai, where have you comePP from and where are you going?”QQ
She said, “I am running away fromRR my mistress Sarai.”
9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “ReturnSS to your mistress, and submitTT to her.”UU
10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will so greatly multiplyVV your offspringWW that they cannot be countedXX for multitude.”YY
11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,
“NowZZ you have conceivedAAA and shall bear a son;BBB
you shall callCCC him Ishmael,DDD
for the Lord has given heedEEE to your affliction.FFF
12 He shall be a wild assGGG of a man,HHH
with his handIII against everyone,
and everyone’s hand against him;
and he shall liveJJJ at odds withKKK all his kin.”LLL
13 So she namedMMM the Lord who spokeNNN to her, “You are ElOOO-roi”;PPP for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”QQQ
14 Therefore the wellRRR was called Beer-lahai-roi;SSS, TTT it lies between KadeshUUU and Bered.VVV
15 Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eightyWWW-sixXXX years oldYYY when Hagar bore him Ishmael.
Image credit: “Hagar” by Jacques Lipschitz, 1971. Photo by Amarnath.